Demystifying: Svadhisthana (The Sacral Chakra)
This week we dive into the energy of Svadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra. If you need a refresher on what these energy centers are or have not read my article on Muladhara, I recommend taking a minute to do that first. Now, back to Svadhisthana! When Svadhisthana is open, we have unlimited creative power, we can skillfully articulate our feelings, although we may have a plan-we’re not thrown off if that plan gets changed. We’re able to go with the flow. We know who we are and are comfortable in our own skin.
Svadhisthana (translates to ‘the dwelling place the self’)
This chakra governs our ability to feel and process emotions. We feel comfortable experiencing and expressing emotions like pleasure, joy, and abundance. Here, we access our creative side and, just as the element of water, we’re able to trust and go with the flow of life.
Flow, freedom, and expression.
- Color is Orange
- Element is Water
- Bija Mantra is VAM
- Musical Note is D
- Governs the bodies sense of TASTE/TONGUE
- Within the spine, first lumbar vertabra-upper part of the sacrum below the navel
- Physiological system-Reproduction, genitals, adrenals
Keeping Svadhisthana open, allows us to freely and openly be who we are, experience life, express our emotions, and align with our creativity. There are many signs and symptoms when a chakra is blocked (or even overactive). Below you’ll find a few common symptoms to help you identify if your sacral chakra is blocked. Then we’ll discuss what you can do to help open and release.
And remember, there are many ways to open and balance our chakras — meditation, visualization, yoga, pranayama, crystals, essential oils, nutrition, etc. I suggest beginning with what resonates with you. You know that voice when you see or hear something that immediately says, ‘yes, this is what I need’. Don’t question it. It may require a couple techniques. Sometimes, you may feel better just by visualizing but another time, you may need to employ several modalities to cultivate that same balance. We’re dynamic beings so what works today may not work tomorrow. The important thing is for you to listen to your intuition and internal compass. Only you know what works for you.
Signs of imbalance in Svadhisthana
- Repressed emotions and/or addiction
- Chronic feelings of guilt
- Lack of creativity
- Chronic low back pain
- Reproductive issues
- UTI’s or bladder and kidney issues
- Pelvic and lower-abdominal issues
Let’s take a look at some foods and then Yoga poses to help balance Svadhisthana:
- Foods orange and yellow in color
- Fruits and veggies with a high-water content
- Spices like vanilla and cinnamon
- Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle/Butterfly Pose)—see my article on alignment in this pose
- Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
As always, there’s so much more to balancing our chakras than what I have here (i.e. poses, crystals, sound, aromatherapy, etc) but this gives a great foundation for you to build off of. I believe we forget or simply ignore how intricately entwined these energy centers are to our physical/mental health. Even if you’re unsure or haven’t ‘bought into’ the existence of chakras yet, I encourage you to try some of these therapies, consistently. Then observe any changes you may feel. The good thing is, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Next time, we dive into the seat of your power — Manipura!
Over to you, yogis! What questions or thoughts do you have about the sacral chakra?